Shalom Bayit

Shalom bayit is the Jewish religious concept of domestic harmony and good relations between husband and wife. In a Jewish court of law, shalom bayit is the Hebrew term for marital reconciliation.

It’s understandable if we all have moments when we’re heartbroken, frustrated and scared, but sometimes under extreme stress situations worsen.

If you or someone you know –be it a child, adult or senior – is feeling afraid or threatened, please reach out to one of these resources.

What if I am struggling with my mental health?

If you need someone to talk to, here are some options:

  • Senior Loneliness Line: 503-200-1633

  • Youth Line: 877-968-8491 or Text teen2teen to 839863

  • Mental health crisis line: 503-988-4888.

  • Lines for Life is a regional non-profit dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide:
    Suicide Lifeline: 800-273-8255
    Alcohol & Drug Helpline: 800-923-4357
    Military Helpline: 888-457-4838
    Youthline: 877-968-8491
  • The Oregon Recovery Network and MyRecoveryLink offer digital recovery support.

  • Jewish Family & Child Service’s Counseling program offers effective, high-quality services to individuals, couples, and families facing life’s challenges in the tri-county area.

  • Mental Health, Crisis Lines, and Child Welfare Office Contacts by County in Oregon.

  • The Portland Couples Counseling Center, Steven M Cohn, PhD, LMFT, MA, MBA,(503) 610-5372

If you’re fortunate enough to have a healthcare provider, consider reaching out to them, too.

Please check in with your friends, family, loved ones and neighbors, even if you haven’t talked to them in a while. A simple “How are you doing?” can make a big difference.

What if I need health insurance? 

You may be able to get it now when you could not before because the Oregon Health Plan was recently approved for expanded coverage.

Here’s where you can apply:

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'Shalom Bayit' have 2 comments

  1. April 6, 2020 @ 10:34 am Steven Cohn

    Hi. I appreciated your article and the services that you suggest. I also wanted to let you know about the Portland Couples Counseling Center. I specialize in only working with couples and I’m currently meeting with couples through Zoom; and therefore, can work with clients anywhere in Oregon. Thank you.


    • April 8, 2020 @ 9:08 am Mala Blomquist

      Thank you, Steven. I will add your resource to our article. Chag Sameach!


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